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GA - Land Trust, Conservancy Add 100 Acres to Cannons Point

The Nature Conservancy and St. Simons Land Trust announced Friday the addition of around 100 acres to the 608-acre Cannon’s Point Preserve on St. Simons Island.

The acquisition includes some 35.7 upland acres and a little more than 63 acres of marshland, all funded by a $1 million U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant and administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Conservation Section, and brings the protected maritime forest, tidal creek and river shoreline habitat to more 700 acres in size, according to a statement from the Land Trust.

Protecting Cannon’s Point is something of a “labor of love for the land trust,” Susan Shipman, board chair of the trust and former director of the DNR Coastal Resources Division, said in a statement.

“Adding this tract is in alignment with our long-term vision for the preserve and with the Land Trust’s mission of protecting and preserving the natural and scenic character of the island for present and future generations,” Shipman said. “Our partnership with Georgia DNR enabled The Nature Conservancy to obtain a conservation easement on the property, using a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. This tract will be preserved in perpetuity.”

Christi Lambert, director of coastal and marine conservation at The Nature Conservancy, also spoke on the scope of the addition.

“We cannot overstate the significance of preserving an undeveloped tract of land of this size and with such large conservation values,” Lambert said. “Cannon’s Point Preserve and the work that is ongoing there has global significance. It is part of a network of connected and resilient lands and waters that can withstand climate impacts and serve as a model for local community involvement in coastal resilience.”

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